Outrageous, crude, weirdly comic and never predictable, TOKYO TRIBE is yet another solid punch-to-the-gut by wild-child director Sion Sono, as he fights to reclaim the yakuza genre, martial arts fight scenes and dirty dystopian futures from Western cinema. Oh, and did we mention it’s all in hip hop?
Equal parts THE WARRIORS and BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, Sion Sono’s rap musical TOKYO TRIBE is also self-referential Japanese genre exploitation movie to the marrow, meaning there’s plenty of pinku-style nudity and threatened rape, martial-arts action and the occasional blood geyser. The latest from the culty filmmaker is insistently over-the-top from the start.
Dennis Harvey, Variety.com
Cast: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Riki Takeuchi, Shôta Sometani
Screenplay: Sion Sono
Original Material: Santa Inoue
Director of Photography: Daisuke Sôma
Film Editor: Jun'ichi Itô
Production Designer: Yuji Hayashida
Costume Design: Chieko Matsumoto
Sound: Shinji Watanabe
Producer: Yoshinori Chiba
Production Company: Nikkatsu Corporation
Co-Producer: Kazuki Kitamura, Nobuhiro Iizuka
Co-Production Company: From First Production Co., Django Film, Inc.
World Sales: Nikkatsu Corporation
Distributor: Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH
Director: Sion Sono